Thinking of Family Travel Plans for 2021


This year started out with so many exciting plans and possibilities. We were lucky enough to have two holidays booked - one being our first big holiday as a family of five. But of course, due to the on-going situation with the coronavirus, all of those plans didn't manage to happen. However, now we're nearing the last few months of the year, we're starting to think about what our family travel plans may look like for 2021.

Like most families who didn't get to travel abroad this year, we're really hoping we can get on a plane in 2021. We have already discussed re-booking the same resort in Turkey that we were supposed to visit this year. The pools look amazing, there is a fantastic kid's club, and they had rooms suitable for a family of 5 (something that's actually harder to find than you might think). 

I think about booking a Disney holiday at least once a week - it really is my happy place! Disneyland Paris is now open again, but with new restrictions in place such as no fireworks or parades. Some of these changes have put us off booking a trip just yet, but we're hoping that by the later end of next year at least some of these will have gone away. I must admit I have even been pricing up a big Disney holiday to Walt Disney World in Florida. It would require a lot of planning, but I think it would really make up for everything that's happened this year.

The more Jack and I think about it the more we want to travel further as a family. There are so many wonderful places around the world that are family-friendly, so why stay so close to home? We have been looking into family holidays to Canada recently, as it's somewhere we both want to visit - me especially after watching Katie Ellison's family road trip last year. She made it look so easy with little ones which has really changed my mind on taking big trips with ours.

Of course, I know that Covid won't be going away any time soon, so we're also considering our options closer to home too. We definitely want to plan a few weekend breaks like our mini trip to Weymouth this summer. It's lovely to get away to somewhere new, even if it's just for a few days! I have been looking into Center Parcs for a few years now, so I think this is somewhere we will look into more if we can't get on a plane. 

No matter what happens we'll have some amazing trips as a family in 2021. Whether that's jumping on a plane to an exotic destination, or just driving a few hours away for a British caravan holiday. As long as the five of us are together, amazing memories will be made!

This is a collaborative post.

Our Month - August 2020


I thought with the big two back at school and Lilah starting preschool in September, that I'd be more on time with these monthly round up posts. Turns out I'm busier than ever trying to fit everything in! I'm loving being back in our routine too but honestly I am missing the summer, as despite everything going on right now, it was such a wonderful few weeks.

Jack managed to book a number of days off over the month, which meant we got to enjoy lots of lovely family days out and enjoy being a 5 again. We were so lucky to have the most amazing weather in August too which really made a difference too. Of course the big days out were wonderful, but I loved the calmer 'homey' days too. The littles playing in the paddling pool, staying in our pjs all day and just enjoying the slower pace of summer.

We started August with a big celebration - Parker's 5th birthday! We couldn't have the big birthday party we promised him, but we did do a few mini get togethers with family and his school friends to celebrate instead. We surprised Parker with a trip to Legoland on his actual birthday which was a busy but fantastic day. We also spent a day at Chessington a few weeks later with my sister and all of the cousins. We are definitely raising a trio of mini adrenalin junkies, especially now Lilah is 0.9 metres tall and big enough for rollercoasters!

I also celebrated my own birthday in August, with a yummy afternoon tea as a family (the first time Jack and I have been back to our wedding venue since we got married!). Jack's parents kindly had the littles over night for us too so we could enjoy a day at Thorpe Park just the two of us. Rollercoaster aren't usually what people think of when they think date day, but it was so much fun and so lovely to spend time as a couple, especially after the last few months.

If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that we were due to go to Turkey back in May and then Dorset in July, but of course due to Covid both had to be cancelled. We really wanted to get away somewhere over the summer though, so booked a Premier Inn for a few nights away in Weymouth at the last minute. It was nothing fancy or special (actually the Premier Inn itself was particularly awful as the air-con was broken and this was during the heatwave), but it was so good to enjoy somewhere new together. We went to the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, swam in the sea, tried our luck (and failed) at crabbing, and ate out a lot - thanks Eat Out to Help Out scheme! We visited the beautiful Kingtson Lacy on the way home which ticked another National Trust property off our list too.

We ended our wonderfully busy month with our first trip back to the big city this year. As Indiana had been learning about London at school, we treated them to a trip on The London Eye and then lunch at Rainforest Cafe. We spotted a few tourist hot spots such as Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden along the way, and although wonderful to see, it was so strange to see everywhere so quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of London in summer.

I'm SO pleased we ticked everything off of our summer holidays bucket list this year. With everything else going on I was so worried we wouldn't be able to give the littles an exciting summer to remember, but I think it's safe to say we definitely did just that. But now I'm just excited for Autumn and the fun ahead.. I just really hope we can make Halloween and Christmas just as special!